E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Alloclavaria purpurea (Fr.) Dentinger & D.J. McLaughlin
purple club coral

Species account author: Ian Gibson.
Extracted from Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Introduction to the Macrofungi

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Species Information

features include slender spindle-shaped somewhat flattened purplish to brownish fruitbodies growing in tufts near conifers, elliptic to oblong smooth spores, and abundant cystidia; Dentinger & McLaughlin proposed the name Alloclavaria purpurea for Clavaria purpurea based on data showing it is not related to Clavaria; found WA, OR, ID, NB, NF, CA, CO, MI, NC, UT, France, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, (Corner), common in Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest but rare in other parts of North America (Phillips), NM (Arora); collections from BC at Pacific Forestry Centre and University of British Columbia
Fruiting body:
3-12cm high, 0.2-0.6cm wide, spindle-shaped, compressed; "purple, lavender, amethyst, or pale brownish or smoky purple fading to pinky-buff", (Phillips), 2.5-12cm high, simple, "subcylindric, slender, acute, then fusiform, compressed, often longitudinally
brittle; white or similar to exterior to exterior but paler, (Phillips), flesh brittle, white or paler version of exterior color, (Corner), brittle; white or purplish, (Arora)
indistinct; white-hairy at base, (Phillips), "scarcely distinct, paler or light creamy, white-villous", (Corner), "base usually paler and /or with white hairs", (Arora)
none, or slightly fishy or nauseous, (Corner), not distinctive (Phillips), unpleasant or indistinct (Lincoff)
none, or slightly fishy or nauseous, (Corner)
spores 5.5-9 x 3-5 microns, elliptic to oblong, smooth, (Phillips), spores 5.5-9 x 3-5 microns, sometimes also with giant spores 8.5-13(15.5) x 3.5-5 microns, elliptic to oblong, smooth, thin-walled, granular guttulate; basidia 4-spored, 70-75 x 6-8 microns; cystidia abundant, 45-130 x 5-9 microns, cylindric or narrowing slightly downward, obtuse, colorless, thin-walled, with granular contents; hyphae 3-15 microns wide, cells 50-95 microns long, without clamp connections (Coker for C. nebulosa) or with very few clamps (according to Coker but ? what is meant), (Corner), spores 5.5-9 x 3-5 microns, elliptic to oblong, smooth, (Arora)
Spore Deposit:
white (Phillips, Arora)

Habitat / Range

generally cespitose, up to 20 in a tuft, sometimes gregarious or single, among grass or on bare soil, generally under conifers, (Corner), in groups or clusters on wet soil near conifers in mountainous areas (Phillips), scattered to densely gregarious (often in tufts or clusters) on ground in wet areas, usually under or near conifers, (Arora), spring, summer, and early fall, (Miller)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Clavina purpurea

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yes (Phillips, Arora)

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Species References

Corner(2) (as Clavaria), Arora(1)* (as Clavaria), Phillips(1)* (as Clavaria), Lincoff(2)* (as Clavaria), Miller(14)* (as Clavaria), McKnight(1)* (as Clavaria), Ammirati(1)*, Trudell(4)* (as Clavaria), Sept(1)* (as Clavaria), Dentinger(1), AroraPocket* (as

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